Ex­emp­tions to law on records ad­vance

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - — Michael R. Wickline and Brian Fanney

The Arkansas Se­nate on Mon­day ap­proved three bills that would grant ex­emp­tions to the Arkansas Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act, and the Arkansas House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­proved an­other bill to cre­ate such an ex­emp­tion.

The Se­nate voted 23- 4 to ap­prove Se­nate Bill 131 by Sen. Gary Stub­ble­field, R-Branch, which would ex­empt from pub­lic dis­clo­sure “a record or other in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the oper­a­tions, emer­gency pro­ce­dure, and se­cu­rity per­son­nel of the State Capi­tol Po­lice.” The bill goes to the House for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion.

The Se­nate voted 30- 0 for Se­nate Bill 373 by Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, which would ex­empt from pub­lic dis­clo­sure “a record that con­sti­tutes at­tor­ney-client com­mu­ni­ca­tion or at­tor­ney work prod­uct.” The bill goes to the House.

The Se­nate voted 32- 0 for House Bill 1469 by Rep. Dwight Tosh, R-Jones­boro, which would pre­vent the dis­clo­sure of an “Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness Man­ual” by Arkansas Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tion, which runs the state’s pa­role and probation sys­tem. Such a doc­u­ment does not yet ex­ist, ac­cord­ing to a depart­ment spokesman. The leg­is­la­tion goes to the gov­er­nor.

The House voted 77-7 to ap­prove House Bill 1590 by Rep. DeAnn Vaught, R-Ho­ra­tio, which would ex­empt in­for­ma­tion held by Arkansas State Po­lice re­gard­ing the Gov­er­nor’s Man­sion from the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act. The bill now heads to the Se­nate for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion.

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